Maryland (US: (listen) MERR-il-ənd) is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
Climate action[edit | edit source]
In April 2007, Maryland joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) — a regional initiative, formed by all the Northeastern states, Washington, D.C., and three Canadian provinces, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. W
Environment quality[edit | edit source]
Maryland joined with neighboring states during the end of the 20th century to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The bay's aquatic life and seafood industry have been threatened by development and by fertilizer and livestock waste entering the bay.
In 2007, Forbes.com rated Maryland as the fifth "Greenest" state in the country, behind three of the Pacific States and Vermont. Maryland ranks 40th in total energy consumption nationwide, and it managed less toxic waste per capita than all but six states in 2005.
In March 2017, Maryland became the first state with proven gas reserves to ban fracking by passing a law against it.
Community energy[edit | edit source]
Solar power in Maryland is supported by the state's legislation regarding the Renewable Portfolio Standard and Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) program. The target for renewable energy as of 2017 is 20% by 2020, including 2% from solar power.
According to the Maryland Energy Administration, Maryland is exposed to approximately 5.3kWh per square meter of solar energy on a daily basis, and as of 2016, the state had 508 MW installed which ranks Maryland 11th in the nation for installed solar capacity.
Cycling activism[edit | edit source]
Wikipedia: Bike paths in Maryland (category)
Education for sustainability[edit | edit source]
Wikipedia: List of nature centers in Maryland
Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]
Wikipedia: Hiking trails in Maryland (category)
Resources[edit | edit source]
Apps for sustainability[edit | edit source]
Baltimore 311 enables real-time collaboration with citizens, "deputizing" mobile users to become the city's eyes and ears. Citizens report potholes, graffiti, and other issues from anywhere in the city using their mobile phone
Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]
News and comment[edit | edit source]
When Will Bikes Rule the City? May 19
"Maryland passes ban on fracking" by @samanthadpage, Mar 28
Upcycling Baltimore's vacant buildings tackles both empty houses and unemployment, by @eillieanzi, Feb 27
Maryland To Become First State In U.S. To Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides! July 17
8-Year Fracking Moratorium Bill Introduced in Maryland as Californians Demand Real Climate Action, Febraury 6
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